You know how reproduction works – boy meets girl, they have a baby and become parents. Right? Biologically, that may mostly be correct, but it’s not the only way of doing things nowadays. Divorce or death of a partner can mean that a child ends up with stepparents but, even then, parenting tends to b done as part of a couple, be that dad and stepmom or mom and stepdad. While it only takes two people to actually make a baby, Florida is one of the few states that legally recognize three parents for one child. Our Wesley Chapel family law attorneys can explain how this works.
How Does Tri-Parenting Work?
As the name suggests, tri-parenting involves parental responsibility being shared by three adults, rather than two. There are a few ways in which tri-parenting can come about, such as a woman being a surrogate for a male gay couple, or a man donating sperm to a lesbian couple, for example. Modern medical technology also means that DNA from three parents can be combined, normally with a view to avoiding certain rare genetic diseases from being passed on to the next generation.
Tri-parenting may also be valuable to a man who finds out a child isn’t biologically his – without legal recognition of tri-parenting, he could find himself with no rights over a much-loved young person, for whom he’s been caring since birth.
While some states have refused to give legal recognition to tri-parenting, stating that children do best in a “traditional” two-parent family, Florida is one of at 12 states currently allowing 3 parents for one child. The states in question are:
3. New York
8. New Jersey
9. North Dakota
12. Washington State
13. Washington D.C is also expected to join this list in the not too distant future
It’s important to note that, while each of these states has recognized tri-parenting in at least one case, the specifics vary.
How Can a Wesley Chapel Family Law Attorney Help?
If you or a loved one could benefit from recognized tri-parenting, a Wesley Chapel Family Law Attorney may be able to help. Maybe you’re part of a gay couple who had an arrangement with a friend of the opposite gender, a father who’s discovered a child isn’t biologically yours, or have another situation requiring legal assistance. Perhaps an expanding set of parents and stepparents following divorces and remarriages has made your family situation trickier than usual.
Our Wesley Chapel Family Law Attorneys are very experienced at navigating the complexities of family law cases and can help you to resolve your issues efficiently and effectively. If you have a personal interest in tri-parenting, or another family law matter, contact our Wesley Chapel-based family law practise today to arrange your free consultation.